Sandra Cisneros Biography, Books, Poems, Education, Childhood, Family, Ethnicity

Sandra Cisneros Biography, Books, Poems, Education, Childhood, Family, Ethnicity

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Sandra Cisneros Biography

Sandra Cisneros is an American writer and poet, born on 20th, December 1954, in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

She became well known in 1983 for her first novel titled The House on Mango Street, her groundbreaking evocation of Mexican American life in Chicago, and her other short story collection like Creek, among others.

This award-winning writer has a lot of experience, and her work experiments with literary forms that investigate emerging subject positions have attributes growing up in a context of economic inequality and cultural hybridity that endowed her with unique stories to tell the world.

After finishing her MFA degree, She held various academic and teaching positions. She taught former high-school dropouts at the Latino Youth High School in Chicago, and along the way wrote and submitted poems to literary journals.

Sandra Cisneros also taught creative writing at the University of Michigan, and the University of California, Berkeley. She worked as a writer-in-residence at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

Apart from working as a teacher and a writer, Cisneros has held a lot of professional positions, these include counselor, college recruiter, arts administrator, etc.

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros Biography, Books, Poems, Education, Childhood, Family, Ethnicity
Full NameSandra Cisneros
Home CityChicago, Illinois, U.S
Date of BirthDecember 20, 1954
Place of BirthChicago, Illinois, U.S
ProfessionNovelist, poet, short story writer artist
Height5 feet 4 inches(1.65m)
Weight82 kg
Hair ColorBlack


Cisneros went to Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart, a private Roman Catholic, all-girls high school in Chicago, Illinois.

After high school, she attended the Loyola University of Chicago in 1976 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. She continued with her education in 1978 at the University of Iowa where she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing.


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Sandra Cisneros Childhood, Ethnicity, Family (Parents, Siblings)

Cisneros was born on December 20, 1954, in Chicago, Illinois. She is the third and the only daughter in a family of seven (7) children. Her parents had another daughter a year after she was born but she died as a baby.

Her great-grandfather was from a wealthy background, he also played the piano for the Mexican president. However, he gambled away his family’s wealth. Her father is Mexican while her mother is Mexican-American.

The Cisneros family developed a traveling proclivity as they frequently travel between Chicago and Mexico to visit their relatives and love ones. Due to the frequent traveling, Sandra Cisneros was often changing school to wherever they settled.

Cisneros started writing poems at the age of ten (10). However, She later stop writing until she was in high school at Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart. While in high school, she was well known for her writing skills and was popularly called “the poet”.

She obtained her first degree at the Loyola University of Chicago, and her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Iowa, U.S.

Sandra Cisneros Books

Just like we previously stated, Cisneros is the author of several books, including highly recommended books like The House on Mango Street, Woman Hollering Creek, etc. Below is the comprehensive list of Sandra Cisneros‘s books:

Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo (Vintage)2021
The House on the Mango Street1984
A House of My Own: Stories from My Life2015
Puro Amor (Sarabande Press)2018
Una casa propia: Historias de mi vida2016
Have You Seen Marie?2012
¿Has visto a María?2014
Bravo Bruno!    2011
Vintage Cisneros2004
Hairs / Pelitos1994
Loose Woman1994
Woman Hollering Creek 1991
El arroyo de la Llorona y otros cuentos1991
My Wicked Wicked Ways1987
La casa en Mango Street 2009
Bad Boys1980


Sandra Cisneros‘s good work and hard work have earned her a lot of awards, these are:

PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature2017
National Medal of Arts2015
The American Book Award by the Before Columbus Foundation (The House on Mango Street)1985
fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts1981, 1988
Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction (Woman Hollering Creek and other stories)1993
Lannan Literary Award for Fiction1991
MacArthur Fellowship1995

Sandra Cisneros Poems

Below is the list of Sandra Cisneros’s Poems:

  • Old Maids
  • Mexican in France
  • Arturito the Amazing Baby Olmec Who is Mine by Way of Water
  • Tú Que Sabes de Amor
  • Perras
  • With Lorenzo at the Center of the Universe
  • You Called Me Corazón
  • Cloud
  • My Wicked Wicked Ways
  • I Am On My Way to Oklahoma to Bury the Man I Nearly Left My Husband For
  • Good Hotdogs
  • One Last Poem For Richard
  • Black Lace Bra Kind of Woman
  • Bay Poem from Berkeley
  • Love Poem For a Non-Believer
  • You Bring Out The Mexican In Me
  • Loose Woman
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